National Physical Laboratory

Insights Issue 08

Light

2015 has been designated by the General Assembly of the UN as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies (IYL 2015). This global initiative aims to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.

This edition of Insights examines the role of light in a variety of applications, including measurement, energy generation and communications. It includes contributions from the UK National Committee for IYL2015, the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and NPL.

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